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  • Being prepared keeps family, pets safe when disaster strikes Sep 18, 2014 2:15 PM
    With the tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods and man-made disasters, we hear and read about, we all need to get proactive about planning for an emergency to keep our families safe. If you share your life with an animal, you need to include them in your family plan. The Buddy Foundation offers tips on how to prepare for disaster.

     
  • Autumn on the Connecticut River with the swallows Sep 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows — hundreds of thousands of them — swooping and swirling and shimmying in a dazzling aerial ballet that paints the sky black. Peering through binoculars from the river below, birders, boaters and tourists gasp. But the swallows have only begun their nightly fall spectacular.

     
  • Arlington Heights delays decision on puppy mill ban Sep 17, 2014 5:16 AM
    Arlington Heights leaders are backing off discussions about village regulations for puppy sales to allow a federal lawsuit challenging Cook County’s new puppy mill ban to works its way through the court system. “It would be premature of us, at this point, to take any further action until we’ve heard from the court,” said Mayor Tom Hayes.

     
  • Almost Home Foundation holds fashion fundraiser Sep 15, 2014 9:50 AM
    The Almost Home Foundation last month held its third annual luncheon and fashion show fundraiser featuring people and dogs in Bloomingdale.

     
  • 2nd year of Illinois osprey project wraps up Sep 15, 2014 5:08 PM
    Illinois biologists are finishing the second phase of an eight-year project to strengthen the osprey population in the state. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources hopes to re-establish the fish-eating hawks as a nesting species by releasing them at Anderson Lake in Fulton County and Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County.

     
  • Constable: Citizen scientists research birds and bees Sep 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    You don't have to be part of a research lab, wear a white coat or even have a degree to be an important part of scientific research. There are hundreds of opportunities for "citizen scientists" to weigh in on everything from bugs to dogs to space to sex. “Science is everywhere,” says Samantha Lindgren with the University of Illinois.

     
  • The sandhill crane: A restoraton success story Sep 13, 2014 7:49 AM
    It's a restoraton success story. Just 10 years ago, the sandhill crane was a rare sight in Kane County. But wetland restoration efforts have been a boon to this big bird, and sandhills are now a common sight throughout northern Illinois.

     
  • Editorial: Listening to all, towns can keep puppy mills out of pet sales Sep 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says towns like Arlington Heights can protect animals and permit legitimate, humane businesses to operate if they set firm standards after listening to all interests involved.

     
  • PBS’ ‘Shelter Me’ puts at-risk pets in limelight Sep 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    Any animal can end up at a public shelter, but most of them won’t stay long. There, millions of dogs and cats face euthanasia, driving one filmmaker to turn his camera into a lifesaver. Workers at several of the shelters, where no animal is turned away, say pets have a champion in Steven Latham, who directs and produces a PBS series called “Shelter Me,” featuring animals that are running out of time. Seeing the urgency, he took his efforts a step further, starting a website, helping set up adoption events and coordinating flights full of pooches to cities able to get them adopted.

     
  • Probation, evaluation in 2012 Elgin animal cruelty case Sep 11, 2014 5:36 PM
    An Elgin man who was arrested in September 2012 after dozens of animal carcasses were found at his rented home pleaded guilty this week to neglecting three cats and violating the Dead Animal Disposal Act. William Tinker, 62, also must get a mental evaluation and cannot own any pets during his 18-month probation period, which ends in March 2016.

     
  • Studies show ‘smarty cats’ learn by memory like we do Sep 11, 2014 10:17 AM
    As feline enthusiasts, we get the term “smarty-cat’ because we see firsthand feline repetitive learned behavior.

     
  • Judge delays Cook County puppy mill ban to allow suit to go forward Sep 12, 2014 1:05 PM
    A federal judge issued an order Thursday preventing Cook County from enforcing its new puppy mill ban while a lawsuit filed this week by three suburban pet store owners works its way through the court system.

     
  • Suburban pet stores sue Cook County over puppy mill law Sep 9, 2014 7:23 PM
    Pet stores in Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates are among three shops suing Cook County over a puppy mill law, according to the Chicago Tribune. Happiness is Pets in Arlington Heights, Petland Hoffman Estates and Petland Chicago Ridge filed a lawsuit Monday to stop the law.

     
  • Lux hotel manager says little difference between people, pets Sep 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    Hotel manager Dixie Eng stops by a room to check on an overnight guest. Classical music plays while guests sleep. Some have brought blankets and toys, reminders of home. Signs on each door give a hint of the personalities within: separation anxiety, escape artist, poo eater. It is a typical day at Olde Towne Pet Resort in Springfield, Va., where more than 100 dogs and cats are in stages of grooming, exercise and day camp.

     
  • Arlington Heights pet store gets reprieve from puppy mill ban Sep 9, 2014 11:31 AM
    An Arlington Heights pet store will be allowed to stay open for now — in spite of a Cook County ordinance banning the sale of dogs from puppy mills — but village officials may impose new regulations soon. Happiness is Pets owner Ronald Berning said his breeders offer high-quality puppies with a two-year warranty. "I'm asking you to opt out and let me stay in business," he told the village board.

     
  • Hooked sea turtles heading back to the Gulf Sep 6, 2014 2:04 PM
    Melissa Cook, a NOAA Fisheries marine biologist and Mississippi’s stranding coordinator, said baby and juvenile Kemp’s-ridleys naturally spend their time in inshore waters. “I think they would be in this area anyway. There just happen to be fishing piers so there is basically free food,” she said. “Although it comes at a price.”

     
  • Calling All Party Animals to Clearbrook’s Pet Festival Sep 4, 2014 7:38 AM
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (August 26, 2014) – Wag those tails and jump for joy because Clearbrook’s first-ever Raise the Roof Pet Festival is coming to Melas Park in Mount Propsect on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

     
  • Hoffman Estates resident questions dog park pond's safety Sep 4, 2014 4:42 PM
    A Hoffman Estates resident with a public safety background is questioning the use of a detention pond for dogs to swim in at a Schaumburg dog park scheduled to open Oct. 1. Marc Kovitz said the depth, water quality and lack of monitoring make it a hazard to both pets and people. “I just believe why take the risk?” Kovitz said.

     
  • Bring your four-legged friend to Dog Days of Dundee Sep 4, 2014 1:51 PM
    Dogs and cats are a part of the family, and they’re invited to a get-together in the park. Dog Days of Dundee is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Randall Oaks Park, 1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee. Admission is free.

     
  • Elk Grove Village girl pursues dolphin trainer dream Aug 31, 2014 6:38 AM
    As a kindergartener in Elk Grove Village, Mallory Marra just knew that she wanted to grow up to be a dolphin trainer. Now, as a trainer at Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Marra is thrilled to be working with the dolphin stars in the movie "Dolphin Tale 2," opening Sept. 12

     
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